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National Museum Day, Sept. 21

August 16th, 2019

Museums locally and across the country are taking part in Smithsonian magazine’s National Museum Day, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Participating area museums include the Rochester Museum and Science Center, George Eastman Museum, Genesee Country Village and the Lighthouse Museum at Sodus Point.

Visit the magazine’s website to get a free ticket for two to visit select museums.

Call on the Senate to Increase Child Care Funding

August 8th, 2019

The House of Representatives recently voted to increase funding to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) by $2.4 billion. We encourage you to call on the Senate to meet or exceed this amount so that more families have access to safe and affordable child care and providers are able to provide quality care with the resources they need and deserve.
Have you benefited from CCDBG dollars? Know a family or provider who has? Let your senators know!

To make this happen, we need your help! Contact your senators today to ask them to support an increase in CCDBG funding.

Council receives NYS grant

August 5th, 2019

The New York State Council on Children and Families (CCF) announced that its New York State Birth Through Five Project (NYSB5) will award grants of to Child Care Council and other Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies to identify challenges and collaboratively assess their region’s child care needs.

Here’s a WROC TV story about the grant.

OCFS Providing Graco Cribs for Family-Based Providers

June 20th, 2019

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is promoting Safe Sleep in New York State. OCFS, through federal funds, has the opportunity to provide family-based child care providers a Graco Pack ‘n Play crib. Learn more.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Start Bright Impact Awards

April 18th, 2019

To recognize the critical role of high-quality child care, Child Care Council, Inc. will present its annual Start Bright Impact Awards to honor outstanding family/group family providers, legally exempt providers, child-care center and school-age program staff. Nominations can come from a parent, a child, or from another child care provider or staff member.

The awards will be given out at our Start Bright Gala on October 16, 2019. Nominate a child care provider using the form below or download a copy here.

2019 Start Bright Impact Awards Nomination Form

  • Nominee Information

  • Nominated By

  • Nomination Application

  • Signature

  • Note: If more space is need or if you would like to submit additional background materials, please send along with this completed nomination form to:

    Gina Barber, Confidential - Start Bright Impact Awards Committee, Child Care Council, Inc., 595 Blossom Road, Suite 120, Rochester, NY 14610.
  • Nominations must be received by August 31, 2019.

    Save the Date! The awards will be presented at the Council’s Start Bright Gala, October 16, 2019 at Locust Hill Country Club, 2000 Jefferson Road in Pittsford.
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New Emergency Regulations Regarding Non-Medical Vaccine Exceptions

August 19th, 2019

Joint Statement From State of New York on New Legislation Regarding Non-medical Vaccination Exemptions for Children in Child Care

June 18th, 2019

Statement on Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemption
from School Vaccination Requirements


On June 13, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis. As a result of non-medical vaccination exemptions, many communities across New York have unacceptably low rates of vaccination, and those unvaccinated children can often attend school where they may spread the disease to other unvaccinated students, some of whom cannot receive vaccines due to medical conditions. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak.

What did the new law do?
As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend either:
• public, private or parochial school (for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade), or
• child day care settings.

For those children who had a religious exemption to vaccination, what are the deadlines for being vaccinated?
Children who are attending child day care or public, private or parochial school, and who had a religious exemption to required immunizations, must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019 to attend or remain in school or child day care. Also, by July 14, 2019 parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses. The deadlines for follow-up doses depend on the vaccine. The New York State Department of Health follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices catch-up immunization schedule and expects children to receive required doses consistent with Table 2 at the following link in order to continue to attend school or child day care: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf

What is the deadline for first dose vaccinations if my child is not attending school until September?
Parents and guardians of all children who do not have their required immunizations are encouraged to have them receive the first dose as soon as possible. The deadline for obtaining first dose vaccinations for children attending school in the fall is 14 days from the first day of school. Within 30 days of the first day of school, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses.

Additional information will be forthcoming.

2020 Census is coming

June 4th, 2019

Why You Should Complete the 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 5 percent of kids under the age of 5 were not counted in the last Census survey – amounting to about 1 million young children.

It is important to participate in the next Census survey, to make sure children are accurately counted. Census population counts are directly related to how federal dollars are distributed to state and local governments – including funding for programs that benefit children.

When the survey becomes available next spring, we encourage you to fill it out. Completing the survey takes only about 10 minutes, and it can be done by mail, telephone or online. If you need access to a computer, you can use Child Care Council’s computers to complete it.

Learn more about the 2020 Census.

Start Bright Gala

May 20th, 2019

Please join Child Care Council at the Start Bright Gala, which celebrates the importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to their future.

  • The Council will recognize excellence in child care and early education with its Start Bright Impact Awards
  • The fun includes a silent auction, raffles, games and more
  • Black-tie optional

Date:
October 16, 2019

Time:
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Dinner at 7:00 p.m.)

Location:
Locust Hill Country Club
2000 Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY 14534

Register Online Today »

Impact Awards:
Nominate a child care provider for the Start Bright Impact Award »

State Rate Changes

May 1st, 2019

As required by 18 NYCRR Subpart 358-2., we are alerting you of a reimbursement rate change. The child care market rates will be updated automatically in the Child Care Time and Attendance (CCTA) system with an effective date of May 1, 2019. When calculating payments on or after May 1, 2019, CCTA will automatically compare the calculated payments to the appropriate market rates based on the date upon which child care services were received, not the date when the payment is being calculated. The new rates can be found in the attached file Any questions please contact Renee via phone 585-654-1286